Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: One of Those Mothers (May 2023)

By Megan Nicol Reed

May 16, 2023

The residents of Point Heed keep nice houses and sign up as parent help at the local school.  Occasionally they cheat on their taxes.  Sometimes they fantasise about having sex with someone other than their partner.  Any every now and then they do drugs.  But that doesn’t make them bad people does it?

When a local father is convicted of the possession and distribution of child pornography, the tightknit, middle-class community is quick to unravel.  He is granted permanent name suppression and soon friend turns on friend, neighbour delivers up neighbour, and hysteria rapidly engulfs them all.  Who among them was capable of such moral trespass?

Bridget, Roz and Lucy have been friends forever.  Their lives revolve around their children, their community, each other.  With their husbands and kids, they holiday together every year.  Every year, until last summer, when everything went so terribly wrong.

Were they all complicit?  Certainly they were guilty of looking in all the wrong places.

They tell you things are never as bad as you fear, but what if they’re worse?  Worse than you could have ever imagined.

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